1. Is France dead? As a cohesive Western, Judaeo-Christian nation: yes.
There was something darkly symbolic about the fire that nearly destroyed the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris on April 15 – the morrow of Palm Sunday — and the fall amid heavy smoke of its 93-metre iron spire. One couldn’t help linking the religious and architectural disaster with a deeper crisis: the passing of France as a distinct country, or at least as the Western, Judaeo-Christian nation it had hitherto been presumed to be.
Writing in Causeur the morning after, Hadrien Desuin, a conservative journalist, conveyed some of these feelings as he observed: “Beyond the cathedral’s fire, France itself is burning …We have witnessed the Church’s slow death … and now even the old stones are collapsing… Yes, France may die… That’s what Notre-Dame’s flames tell us.”
Prophesying imminent doom is admittedly as old as civilisation itself. While most such warnings remain merely rhetorical, many others are however validated by ensuing events, from the forebodings of Cassandra of Troy three thousand years ago – as recorded by Homer — to Winston Churchill’s statements in the wake of the Munich accords in 1938.
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1. Is France dead? Non.
“Every man gives his life for what he believes. Every woman gives her life for what she believes. Sometimes people believe in little or nothing, and so they give their lives to little or nothing. One life is all we have, and we live it as we believe in living it – and then it’s gone. But to surrender who you are and to live without belief is more terrible than dying – even more terrible than dying young.” – Joan of Arc
“May 30th is the feast of Saint Joan of Arc, “the Maid of Orléans”, burned at the stake on this day in 1431.” Tradical – May 29, 2019 – Twitter
“France: Nationalists honour French heroine Joan of Arc at Paris rally”
Ruptly – Published on May 12, 2019
Joan of Arc’s Letter to the Hussites (March 23, 1430)
Rewriting a more inclusive history. A “feel good” history.
“Role of French national hero Joan of Arc could soon be played by a Muslim woman” Voice of Europe – May 11, 2018
It could be worse. Joan of Arc and the 3 Popes!
Tribute To St Joan Of Arc
AKA Tribute To St Joan Of Arc – Rouen (1956)
British Pathé – Published on August 27, 2014
FRANCE is dying. No such thing as a society that thrives without religious values.
Catholicism has two problems: masses are held too early on Sunday mornings. Also, the celibacy issue for priests is unrealistic.
IMO, we should follow the mosque schedule, on Fridays. Workers have kids to take care of which makes weekends a difficult time for church attendance. And for those who are single, they’re out having fun on weekends.
Sassy, we concur regarding so much, please accept these qualifications.
No such thing as a society that thrives without respect for religious values and conservation of its cultural heritage.
If you can accept what I consider to be non-trivial but not-really-major recalibrations, then we are in violent, raucous agreement as usual.
“Sometimes people believe in little or nothing, and so they give their lives to little or nothing.” (hat tip: EB)
There may be no more concise damnation of Atheism than Joan of Arc’s. Full stop.
A certain Alex Hamilton (no relation of the Founding Father) once said:
Those who stand for nothing will fall for anything.
Without the least ambiguity, Hamilton’s axiom transposes to:
“When there’s nothing unorthodox that’s tolerated, Theocratic zealots use anything to sanctify violence.”
“Role of French national hero Joan of Arc could soon be played by a Muslim woman”
Whatever clattering noise you hear in the background isn’t Marianne’s death rattle.
That clanking sound is the Maid of Orléans putting on her armor.
Oh, so many invaders she would have slain to repay the Notre Dame Atrocity. But only so many as she could have had done with before Antichrist Bergoglio burned her alive at the stake, again!
Methinks Micron would have been first on that Saint’s dance card (of death)!